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"Offers more recent and more focused reflections on the nature of representation and art, especially painting." -- Book Forum, June/July/August 2007

About the Author

Jean-Luc Nancy is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Universit Marc Bloch,Strasbourg. Among the most recent of his many books to be published in English are Corpus; The Ground of the Image; Listening; Dis-Enclosure: The Deconstruction of Christianity; Noli me tangere: On the Raising of the Body; On the Commerce of Thinking: Of Books and Bookstores; and The Truth of Democracy (all Fordham).

Jeff Fort has translated works by authors such as Jean Genet, Maurice Blanchot, and Jacques Derrida. He is currently a lecturer in the department of Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley.

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  • Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy (Book 51)
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press; 1 edition (December 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823225402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823225408
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.7 x 6.1 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By barryb on August 20, 2013
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THE EMERGENCE OF THE "SACRED-IMAGE": Aesthetics is not a tangential area of thought in Nancy's system; it is a critical part of the core of his position. This book is an essential part of understanding his thought. The "cognitive-registers-of-meaning" in today's society have failed and fragmented. Aesthetics rescues us by taking us beyond the "cognitive"; similar in the way Hegel introduced "counter-blow" as a necessity to pass back out of philosophy and rejoin art, for the "beyond-of-saying".

Jean-Luc Nancy primarily addresses "painting" here but the principles apply to all aesthetics. And he combines "creator"and "observer", rather than restricting perspective.

In this book, Nancy reveals to us the "8" moments of the emergence of the "sacred-image". I will give them to you now , as it may assist you in your reading. They are as follows:

1. Image-as-hidden-surface
2. Image-as-distinction
3. Image-as-mystic-intimacy
4. Image-as-trace-of-meaning
5. Image-as-horizon
6. Image-as-access
7 Image-as-cut-out
8. Image-as-poetry

these will all be situated within a structure of the "philosophy-of-psychology", as is customary in post-modern thought. He introduces two concepts which previously have not been considered; being: "violence" and "landscape".

In this presentation, the "realm-of-interrelated-bodies" is called the "realm-of-sky". You might want to consider his "corpus" , as a companion reading with this text.

the actual "cut-out" of the image comes about through the triad of: 1. "landscape-outline-horizon; 2. Competing mythologies of "void-point" & "violence"; 3. Articulation of "world" of meaning in artistic expression.

A usual, I found Nancy's work impressive and original. A great thinker and systematic teacher. This volume is probably grad level, but all serious students should gain something. "5" stars for this insightful work.
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